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Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series)

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Reviews: 457
Hads: 1,538
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 29.7%
Wants: 91
Gots: 301 | FT: 2
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Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Casey10 on 08-31-2009

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared this one with my fiance.

Clear morning sunhsine amber/copper color. Quick head, little foam, but good bubbling.

Clean pumpkin, nutmeg, cardamon, combined with light atringent hopping and a high abv., make for a balanced but mostly pumkiny smelling brew.

Taste is a clear and clean pumkin skin and meat with pumkin pie spices and a little caramel. The middle warms up the pumkin flavor and showas off some toasted, bready caramel malts. The finish is smooth, warm, and atringent. The 9% abv. leaves a little twinge to the palate on the finish and linger.

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Photo of rudzud
1.92/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Been sitting on this one for probably a little over a month now. Was really hoping for a knockout from Shipyard, but instead got a fizzle.

A - Clear copper with a one finger fizzy head that almost instantly dissolved into nothing. Appearance looks well, flat.

S - I get more aroma with regular ol Pumpkinhead than this junk. Ridiculously light pumpkin and typical spice notes. Barely a hint of sweet malts.

T - Light sweet malts. Same as the nose really weak almost watery tastes. The more I drink this, the worse it gets?

M - While the alcohol isnt present much (shocking due to the 9%) this is incredibly syrupy and feels almost flat. Very unpleasant.

D - I guess if your a fan of pumpkin head you'll like this? Then again, probably not. Unlike pumpkinhead, which tends to be crisp and refreshing, this is the opposite. Sorry to say, this stuff is a drain pour for me.

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Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Heh, I hope Billy Corgan doesn't go after Shipyard for the name of this beer.

Pours a nice orange-copper color with a two-finger head into my fluted glass. Looks very nice and full of ample carbonation.

Taste is chock full of strong nutmeg and pumpkin flavors with a mildly sweet, buttery malt background. Alcohol feels well-hidden.

Mouthfeel is very good as well. Warming. The flavors of nutmeg and pumpkin linger. Carbonation feels just right. Alcohol warmth is minimal.

Very nicely done and kind of like the big brother to Pumpkinhead. It just feels deceptively drinkable and delicious. I'm usually not a fan of half-hearted pumpkin ales but this stands out in a good way. Pick it up!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle from 2010. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours an orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head that went away quickly. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is mostly spicy, the brew smells like nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin and cinnamon. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's a little bit of booze noticable in the flavor. I think the aroma is better than the taste, as the pumpkin spice flavors aren't quite as strong compared to the strength of the spices in the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent enough, it's not hard to drink at all. Not a bad pumpkin ale, but it's not one of my favorites, either. I'd try this again in the future.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant coppery orange with a 1” cream colored foam collar that quickly recedes. Very lively and effervescent. S: Pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin, malt. T: Pumpkin pie in a glass but not cloying or over done. Gives some room to the malt and the hops with the alcohol, hops, malt, pumpkin and pumkin pie spices all working well together. Some nutmeg in the finish but no clove. Farily dry overall. F: Above average carbonation with a very fine bead, medium to medium full body. O: this is one of the better pumpkin beers out there.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Appearance - Slightly hazy amber colour with an average size frothy off-white/beige coloured head. There is low amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, all-spice, pumpkin, cinnamon

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel, hops, and lots of spice.. cinnamon, allspice, clove. There isn't as much pumpkin flavour as I was expecting, but maybe that's a good thing. It ends with a sweet spicy aftertaste.

Overall - A nice beer that wasn't overly sweet like some of the other stronger pumpkin beers. It does pack quite a spicy punch though. Happy I gave it a try but wouldn't seek out again. Merry xmas!

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Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is mostly spicy, the brew smells like nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin and cinnamon.

The taste follows the nose, but I think the aroma is better/fuller than the taste. Fairly simple taste of pale and mild caramel and biscuity malt. Mild pumpkin pie taste but really this tastes like a good pale ale that just had spices added right before bottling; kinda amateur in my opinion. Not bad at all, just not at the top of the heap for Pumpkin ales.

Mouthfeel/body is fairly light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent enough, it's not hard to drink at all.

Not a bad pumpkin ale, but it's not one of my favorites, either. Seek out other Pumpkin ales because of the high $$$ point of this beer and the quantity/quality of other offerings on the market.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle at a reasonable price of 8.99 for a bomber. Sweet.

A - Poured into my Newcastle pub glass. Wow uber carbonation! Leads into a nice inch layer of foamy white head that does lace the glass. Orange amber in hue.

S - From the first whiff out of the neck of the bottle I can detect a nice wave of domination cinnamon, then nutmeg and clove, followed by a nice (what I can assume with a name like "smashed pumpkin") natural spiced pumpkin smell.

T - This is where it all matters to me. Starts off semi bitter, almost like the citrus others have described then flows into a beautiful cinnamon and sweet pumpkin and finishes rather dry yet enjoyable with the fruit of the pumpkin. Really liked it.

M - Medium bodied and the ABV? Only slightly warming on an empty stomach.

D - Well yes it is quite good and if it's still around in October I may fancy another bomber to see if the bitterness will round out a bit leaving sweet malt. It was good fresh though so no complaints.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, scooped at city-wide in south bend...thought i had read this was good but clearly was confused

appearance: served in an unmarked chalice, rather light orange-straw body, light beige ring

smell: aromas are primarily spice - cinnamon and nutmeg, fresh apple

taste: not overly pumpkin-y, similarities can be drawn to a spiced apple cider. there are a number of spices that come through strong - cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin seed. an OK beer - a little pedestrian

mouthfeel: smooth body, lots of spice

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz twist-off bottle poured into a snifter.
9%ABV, 1.088 OG

A - Hazed through and through, this bright orange beer is briefly topped by a loose ivory head that sinks to a ring of bubbles below specks of lacing.

S - Sticky caramel malt sweetness and grainy pale malt overlap the tame roasted pumpkin aroma, but nutmeg spice fills in the gaps for a round and sweet fall beer aroma that ends with a trailing fruit note from the alcohol.

T - The beers rather shy aroma (especially regarding it's ABV) is deceptive, for this beer is quite potent in flavor, not afraid to burst fourth with roasted pumpkin and spice. The spice blend here is different from most though, as it seems to focus a little more on clove and nutmeg, forsaking cinnamon and allspice. Delicate European hops do their best to balance the tall order of sweet caramel and bready malts that really collect along the finish.

M - Wheat malt contributes a wonderful smoothness to the body of this high octane pumpkin beer that encourages easier drinkability despite the elevated level of sweetness. Warming alcohol caresses the throat on the finish, really pairing wonderfully with the pumpkin and spice notes for a fall beer finish.

O - Shipyard's Smashed Pumpkin starts with a somewhat weak aroma but quickly becomes rather boastful in flavor and feel, bringing smoothness and sweetness together with pumpkin and spice for a hefty cool fall day brew.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Poured into a snifter at a bar. Body is on fire, it glows. It's a darker orange but it glows. Light head. Not a bunch of lacing.

S-A sweet, a, concentrated medley of Autumn spices and maltiness. I can tell it's got some booze to it by how hot it smells.

T-Nearly cloying. Cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices cover a base maltiness that is sticky sweet and unagreeable. Yeah, it's reminiscent of what a pumpkin probably tastes like but I've never actually eaten pumpkin. Like pumpkin liqueur.

M-Sticky, bordering on cloying. Boozy.

O/D-Like liquified pumpkin pie filling diluted with vodka. That was harsh, but I am not a giant fan of this beer. I don't like Pumpkinhead much but this could be close to as bad.

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Photo of Durge
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light yellow copper color, clear with a modest white fuzz on top and good lacing. The aroma is kind of different with cotton candy sweetness, berry overtones with honey and mild pumpkin. The flavor offers less sweetness and more of a solid pumpkin and honey mix. Lot's of honey actually. It's medium bodied with fair carbonation with a tingly but vaguely syrupy feel. It's got a spicey nearly dry edge to it. Modest drinkability because of the feel. It's an odd bird and seems somewhat atypical of most. But well worth a try if you like the style at all.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean and bright orange color with modest head and little lacing. Scent is lead by sweet malts and slightly heavy spicing, pumpkin pie appears in the back end with a bit of leafy hops and alcohol on the nose. Taste leads with a bitter push of hoping and seasonal spices, sweet malt and pumpkin pie make an appearance in the mid, finishes with odd bitter, herbal metallic note with noticeable alcohol. Disappointingly thin and over bubbly. I may actually prefer the regular old Shipyard Pumpkin to this beast.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.49/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

(A)- Pours a lightly hazed orange color. Some white froth and lacing.

(S)- A light; almost airy caramel in front of a really subdued pumpkin spice. Almost has a cornmeal thing to it too.

(T)- A bit high in the hop department; a sharp citrus twang up front that kinda gets the pumpkin and spice lost.

(M)- A good carbonation level. An ok balance, but just way too much hops in the way of what probably would have been nice pumpkin and spice notes.

(O)- A decent beer for the style, but it gets lost with the high (way too high) hop addition.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle received from my parents after their trip to Maine.

Pours a hazy light orange, with a fizzy one inch head, and some lacing down the glass.

Smells include the typical pumpkin pie spices- nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, etc. Very strong on the spices, smells quite sweet.

The taste is similar- ton of ginger, cinnamon, a bit of vanilla, nutmeg, clove. Not a whole lot of actual pumpkin flavor. Some caramel malt flavor as well, with a ton of sugary sweetness.

Medium bodied, high carbonation, starts and finishes sweet. Fairly drinkable, but gets cloying as it warms.

Not the best pumpkin ale ever, but this one still works relatively well.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%

22 oz bomber pours a clear copper color with an ample cap of off-white head. Pretty good retention and lace, Im surprised at the light color and clarity of the beer.

Nose is apple fruitiness and some cinnamon and nutmeg spices. The beer is not as sweet-smelling as I thought it would be, nor as spice-laden. A good balance of apple pie and sugar cookie. It reminds me of a mix between Horseheads Pumpkin and New Glarus Apple Ale.

Taste is quite good, the apple theme continues onto the flavor and is very apple pie-esque. The ABV is very well integrated and the spices are plentiful, but dont seem overbearing. Maybe a restrained use of nutmeg? Cinnamon is certainly there and a stack of apple slices with cinnamon and honey on top of some graham crackers wouldnt taste a whole lot different than this. Very good beer, I am impressed. It manages to differentiate itself from the gaggle of pumpkin beers without being too extreme...if that makes any sense!

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a clear copper orange with a bubbly off white head. Nose is heavy spice, light pumpkin, fair bit stale grain. Taste has a very strong pumpkin spice, lighter grain than the nose and is also less stale. Soft carb, medium body and creamy palate.

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Photo of Brenden
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is a bright, clear orange. Active bubbly carbonation forms a head of good size that keeps itself together well. It dies off a little quickly and drops a decent amount of spotty lacing as it goes.
The nose is sweet and offers both the fleshy and spiced notes appreciated in pumpkin ales under a malt backbone. This one is very balanced between the two elements and quite good but, unlike others (even other high ABV pumpkin beers), a bit of ethanolic alcohol presence peeks through.
The taste is the same; what's needed in this otherwise very nice beer is a bit less of the alcohol (almost with a rubbing alcohol likeness to it) and a bit more strength. The balance, the malts support that still lets the pumpkin shine through, all of it is good but for that.
The mouthfeel is nice, smooth and a little crisp with a nice flow in a solid medium body with ample but not overdone carbonation.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep orange color with a tiny white head. The head fades very fast leaving just some light lace on the surface of the brew.

Smell – A sweet roasted pumpkin aroma greets the nose with the sweet being of a caramel and light molasses smell as well as a moderately strong showing of a grainy smell. Along with these aromas are some spice aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice with these being mixed with a bit of a boozy and light herbal aroma as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter caramel and molasses flavor with a decent showing of a light pumpkin taste. As the taste advances more and more spice comes to the tongue with the cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice starting out on the lighter side and by the end of the taste getting quite potent. While the spice gets stronger, the pumpkin takes on a slightly more roasted flavor, but overall remains relatively more “raw” in taste. The sweeter caramel increases toward the end and is joined by some rather decently strong boozy tastes; being of a light woody bourbon, but mostly of a cheap and hot booze like nature. In the end with a herbal flavor joins the taste, one leaving one with a very spiced up and boozed up, raw pumpkin pie flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the beer’s style it is actually very appropriate as it really ramps up the sweeter and pumpkin flavors of the brew. The only problem with this is that it also really accentuates the hot boozy and somewhat odd raw and herbal flavors of the beer with it therefor maybe not being the best way to go on the feel.

Overall – Really not the best imperial pumpkin out there, and at 8.99 for a bomber it is certainly not worth it. Southertier Pumpking and Elysians The great pumpkin, which are of similar style and price, are a much better go too. A decent try, but really just a little too off to be worth it.

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Photo of popery
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a good looking beer with a transparent orange-amber color and a creamy off-white head. Lots of sweet pumpkin pie spice in the aroma. The pumpkin flavor shows up in a supporting role. It's a bit too sugary, but it kind of works with the spice. The beer tastes fairly sweet, but there's lots of spice here as well. It reminds me of an English Barleywine mixed with pumpkin pie. The booze is relatively light and just provides warmth. It's a big, smooth beer. Gets better as it warms. Very full mouthfeel, particularly for the style. I'm not always a big fan of pumpkin ales or Shipyard, but this is a very nice beer. Good to drink slowly.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Golden copper, clear golden (lagery) in the light. Transparent.

S: Vanilla, nutmeg, and allspice. Eggnog and creme brulee. Yum.

T: Pumpkin pie. Seriously. It's like you put the filling into a blender and bottled it. I enjoy it. Not much else to say.

M: Just fine. :)

O: Great pumpkin beer, if lightly artificial and/or heavy-handed. Recommended.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, orange in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, toasted malt—like pumpkin pie filling

Taste: sweet sugar and vanilla in the start—then the clove, nutmeg, toasted malt, and other pumpkin spices fill out the body

Mouthfeel: very sweet a with a bitter middle and a less bitter end, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Drinkability: One of the better New England Pumpkin brews and light years ahead of Pumpkinhead. I like the vanilla tastes and the complexity. This reminds me a lot of Pumpking minus the hoppiness. I will revisit this next year.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dullish clear lightened scarlet orangey coppered red color. Grows a smallish capping of off-whitish/sandy hued creamy textured foam that slips away fairly quickly and doesn't keep much activity nor lacing.

Aroma is much like fresh cinnamon rolls with a tender sweetness of bready malt and pumpkin spice with a rounded touch of nutmeg and pie crust. Nice and pleasingly clean with an ample supply about its noseyness.

Taste is nicely rounded and balanced with tender chewy bready sweetness and a quiet, yet snappy little pick-up punch of pumpkin and cinnamon spice dusted within and carries a good length of flavor and tone the whole way through. Great finish of delicate spice and warmth with a super airy, light pie crust and cinnamon dryness.

Tender, soft medium-fullish body, semi filling and bold with a simple chewy creamyness as it lightly warms in the finish with a bit of the cinnamon peppered about in some airy dryness.

Shipyards' Pugsley's Signature Series Smashed Pumpkin Ale is a mouthfull to say and it's actually backed up with a mouthfull of yummy brewed pumpkin spice, sweetness, and warmth.
Very "smashing" solid stuff.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had an imperial pumpkin last fall at Cambridge Brewing Company, and really enjoyed it. This beer doesn't come close. In a snifter the beer was a copper color with a tiny off-white head. Mostly spice aroma, maybe a little pumpkin. The taste was all nutmeg, some cinnamon, and no pumpkin. It was a bit on the hot side. The alcohol got in the way of this beer, and it was far too spicy with not enough pumpkin.

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Photo of cbutova
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sunset Grill, the "cellar-aged" version, lol.

A- A perfectly clear Halloween orange hue in a tulip glass. A small white silky head sits atop the beer and leaves spotty lace as I sip on it.

S- Massive cinnamon and ginger bomb, very strong spice aroma. Toasted nuts, nutmeg and some pumpkin.

T- Once again, a huge amount of cinnamon, nutmeg and spice notes, burning the palate. Also some pie crust, sugar, pumpkin and oxidized caramel malt. Pretty sweet overall.

MF- Highly carbonated creamy moderate body. Some alcohol warming and bitterness.

Tastes like a pumpkin dessert with way too much cinnamon and spices. Nice aroma but flavored too strongly.

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Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.